Personal Philosophy of Nursing – CLAIRE LORRAINE TUAZON

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.Personal Philosophy of NursingClaire Lorraine A. TuazonStudent ID No. 123523193NLM 102 KCCSheila BurrowsOctober 01, 2019Personal Philosophy of NursingGrowing up, I could never picture myself doing anything but becoming a nurse. My uncle and aunt were both nurses and back then, I would listen to their stories about the touching and inspiring moments they had experienced daily. It was this real human connection that made me fall in love with the idea of nursing as my profession. It is my goal to be able to use my skills and comfort to aid people in the healing process.This personal reflective paper aims to share the principles I gained in my nursing experience and develop my version of philosophy in nursing. Nursing is a profession established in the foundation of both professional and ethical values such as altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, honesty and social justice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2016). The philosophy in my vocation as a nurse is to establish a concept in nursing not just as a rewarding profession, but a special calling. I believe that as a caring nurse, it is my responsibility to ensure that I will be able to render my holistic quality care to every individual, family and society as a whole. Thus, the core values of nursing are essential and must be integrated in our daily living.Nursing ParadigmFawcett (2012) conveyed four concepts of nursing metaparadigm as a basis for organizing nursing knowledge and beliefs about nursing’s context and content: person, environment, health, and nursing. In the nursing process, every metaparadigm portrayed a vital part and is fundamental in providing patient care. I, myself, also individualize my own description of the four nursing metaparadigms. I can ponder on my function and responsibility as a clinical nurse by using the framework not only in my client care practices but as well as in my day to day encounter in life.PersonAs a nurse, I strive to take part in significant encounters and establish a genuine connection with my clients. I must say that each client is special and must be regarded for as a unique individual. I appreciate the significance of establishing rapport to my clients and build a trust in the nurse-patient relationship. I also believe that the focus of care should be client-centered since my clients are my main recipient of care.HealthI endeavor to understand the patients and communities with which I work in the context of the determinants of health, as emphasized by the Public Health Agency of Canada (2013). I describe health as the overall well-being of an individual. It is just not the wellness of an individual that I must note but as well as the access of the client in readily available services and facilities in the health care.EnvironmentI support the advocacy that the environment is an important factor to consider in maintaining health as good environment allows healing to take place and help improve the status of the client whereas a poor environment can result in illness and distress. In addition, a safe, supportive and healthy environment promotes improvement in the success of a client’s care plan.NursingNursing’s relational practice and science are directed toward the explicit outcome of health-related quality of life within the immediate and larger environmental contexts (Thorne et al., 2014). Nursing reflects on how the nurse cares for the patients using the application of proper knowledge, skills and attitude. I can relate that nursing is not just a career but a special calling that needs necessary education and practice in providing care for the patients. Personal Philosophy and PracticeMy personal philosophy in nursing gave me a solid motivational foundation and that is to deliver a holistic care to my client, their families, and to the community as a whole based on my values and beliefs as a person with compassion, empathy, commitment and integrity. I transpired my personal nursing philosophy in the inspiration of Theory of Human Caring by Jean Watson wherein it involves how the nurses express holistic care to their patients (Watson, 2012).By profession, I was a clinical staff nurse in a tertiary government hospital and specifically assigned in Neurosurgery Ward and Intensive Care Unit for four years in the Philippines. My role in the unit was to prepare the patients who undergoes neurosurgical procedure pre-operatively and post-operatively. During the pre-operative stage, I use a variety of strategies such as active listening and effective communication that can help alleviate and cope with the anxiety, emotional tension and fear that my patient and family are feeling. Meanwhile, my responsibilities during the post-operative stage are to ensure that my patient is geared towards pain management, wound care, up to the day of discharge for home management.Composing my personal philosophy in nursing had given me an opportunity to reflect on myself not only as a nurse, but most importantly as a person. It was indeed a humbling and valuable experience to share my insights and impart my experiences as to how I was able to contribute to the society in general. I admit that undertaking the path of nursing is not an easy road to take. Each nurse will experience a lot of struggles, obstacles and challenges but then at the end of the day, what matters most is the satisfaction you get after extending your help to save someone else’s lives and seeing their beautiful smiles on their faces. These simple gestures of appreciation are what upholds my personal growth and enhance my nursing philosophy in life.ReferencesAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2016). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Retrieved October 20, 2016 from, J. (2012). Theory: basis for the study and practice of nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education, 24(6), 226-229. Retrieved from Health Agency of Canada. (2013). What Determines Health? Retrieved from, S., Canam, C., Dahinten, S., Hall, W., Henderson, A., & Kirkham, S. (2014). Nursing’s metaparadigm concepts: disimpacting the debates. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27(6), 1257-1268. Retrieved from, J. 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